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Peace Walker: The Legend of Hiawatha and Tekanawita (original 2004; edition 2004)

by C.J. Taylor

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Title:Peace Walker: The Legend of Hiawatha and Tekanawita
Authors:C.J. Taylor
Info:Tundra Books (2004), Hardcover, 48 pages
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Peace walker : the legend of Hiawatha and Tekanawita by C.J. Taylor (2004)



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Iroquois folklore about the evil Chief Atotarho who wanted to kill Chief Hiawatha. Chief Atotarho orders a lot of people killed. Hiawatha eventually saves the Iroquois by drawing the evil out of Chief Atotarho. ( )
  hdzookeeper | Oct 23, 2014 |
It is a story about the history of some native Americans, and the story is full of the Native American life style and culture.
  xliao | Oct 13, 2014 |
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My eight year old really enjoyed this, which I read to her at bed time (one chapter at a time). We both loved the illustrations, and really rooted for the hero. I found it difficult to pronounce many of the names, which made reading it out loud tricky, but it was well worth it. ( )
  wosret | Sep 5, 2014 |
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A beautifully written story of the origins of the Iroquois Five Nations Confederacy, told in such compelling simple language, yet filled with breathtaking images. The reader can't help but feel the depths of evil and depravity in the old chief Atotarho "His orange eyes could pierce a man's soul." And the refreshing honesty and goodness of Hiawatha, "He wore fine, fur-lined robes, a deer-hide shirt, leggings and moccasins. All were fashioned and decorated by his beloved daughters." The pain and suffering experienced by all the Iroquois through Atotarho's constant warmongering is vividly portrayed and then the culmination of working together against a common problem brings a satisfying conclusion. Lovely. ( )
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This book for young readers (or for reading to them) is a retelling of the founding myth of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee, People of the Longhouse). I'm not able to judge how closely it hews to Iroquois tradition, but the author does name her sources, including an Iroquois storyteller whose performances of the story influenced this written version.

The artwork is colorful, sometimes gruesome, and very likely to capture the imagination of young people.

For readers unfamiliar with the tradition, the story may seem to have a dreamlike quality. Yet it can be a good way to get young people to think deeply about questions of power and how people can live together in peace.

Adults may be surprised to find that Hiawatha is the culture hero of the Iroquois people — not a character invented by Longfellow.
  Muscogulus | Jun 19, 2014 |
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A retelling for young readers of the Iroquois legend of Hiawatha and the establishment of the Great Peace among the Five Nations: the Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Oneida, and Cayuga Indians.
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Recounts the tale of Hiawatha's bravery in bringing peace and unity to the Iroquois nations.

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